Spring 2016 5
Nine Receive NSF CAREER Awards
Nine Purdue faculty members have received Faculty Early Career Development
(CAREER) awards from the National Science Foundation.
Shelley Claridge, an assistant professor of chemistry and biomedical engineering, has
been honored for her project, “Standing, Lying and Sitting: Restructuring Intermolecular Forces in Molecular Monolayers and Freshman Chemistry.” Claridge is developing
bioinspired surface chemistry that tailors electronic properties and solubility of technologically important layered materials. The work holds the potential to improve applications ranging from high-efficiency solar cells to precision biosensors.
Mingji Dai, assistant professor of chemistry, has been honored for his project, “
Carbonylation Methodologies and Strategies for Complex Natural Product Synthesis.” Dai is
developing new palladium-catalyzed carbonylation methodologies and strategies for the
syntheses of bioactive natural products. His goal is to use cheap and abundant carbon
monoxide as the starting material to make more advanced and complicated molecular
structures with the aid of a small amount of palladium catalyst.
Allison Godwin, assistant professor of engineering education, has been honored for her
proposal, “Actualizing Latent Diversity: Building Innovation through Engineering Students’
Identity Development.” She will study how latently diverse students experience engineering culture and negotiate their engineering identities. Ultimately, her research will promote
more inclusive college classrooms that produce a more diverse engineering field.
Rajamani Gounder, assistant professor of chemical engineering, has been honored for
his proposal, “Synthesis Methods to Control Framework Aluminum Distribution in
Zeolites for NOx Pollution Abatement Catalysis.” He will develop new synthesis strategies to control the distribution of aluminum active sites in zeolite catalysts used for
nitrogen oxides abatement and carbon feedstock conversion to fuels and chemicals.
Libai Huang, an assistant professor of chemistry, has been honored for her project,
“Ultrafast Nanoscopy of Energy Transport in Molecular Assemblies.” Huang is developing innovative microscopy techniques that provide “movies” of how light energy
absorbed by molecules moves in space and in time. Her team will turn solar energy
applications into demonstrations to illustrate key concepts in quantum mechanics.
Susan Hunter, an assistant professor of industrial engineering, has been honored for her
project, “Multi-Objective Optimization via Simulation: Theory, Methods, and Parallel Computation.” She will develop theory, methods, and parallel algorithms for solving
multi-objective optimization via simulation problems, which arise frequently in areas
such as finance, energy, transportation, facility location, supply chain management, telecommunication and healthcare management.
Guang Lin, assistant professor of mathematics and mechanical engineering, was
honored for his proposal, “Uncertainty Quantification and Big Data Analysis in Interconnected Systems: Algorithms, Computations, and Applications.” Lin will develop a
novel set of highly efficient uncertainty quantification and big data analysis algorithms to
make them amenable for large-scale complex interconnected systems.
Liang Pan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has been honored for his
project, “Scalable Maskless Patterning of Nanostructures Using High-Speed Scanning Probe
Arrays.” Pan is conducting fundamental research for the development of a new low-cost process for
nanoscale patterning, which will enable mass production of new kinds of nanotechnology-enabled products for a wide variety of applications in energy, healthcare, civil, defense and security.
Christopher Uyeda, an assistant professor of organic chemistry, has been honored for his project,
“SusChEM: Metal-Metal Bonds as Active Sites in Catalysis.” The discovery of new catalysts is central to
the pursuit of more efficient and sustainable processes in organic synthesis and energy conversion. In this
project, Uyeda is studying molecular transition metal catalysts containing dinuclear active sites. ;